How to Get Parents on Board with Healthy Changes
September 13, 2016
Across the country, getting parents on board with healthy changes at school is a frequent question at our workshops. Here a few examples:
- Invite parents to have school breakfast or lunch with their child.
- Find “health champions” who have an interest in learning about healthy school environments and will be advocates.
- Spread the word about the connection between healthy eating & physical activity and academics. In print and in discussions, enhance awareness of studies that show kids who make healthy eating and activity choices perform better in school than those who do not.
- Make school wellness happenings Talk with parents during parent-teacher conferences and at school events. Create signs, door banners, bulletin boards and classroom artwork to spread healthy messaging.
- Provide healthy tips in newsletters and on websites for parents to use at home.
- Invite parents to attend school wellness council meetings and let them know their thoughts do matter.
- Provide health topics homework that supports parent-child discussion.